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Humanities Center Announces 2020–21 Fellowships

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Director Roland Greene (image: Steve Castillo)

The Stanford Humanities Center has announced the 33 fellows who will make up its class of 202021.

Included in the new cohort are scholars working on projects with such topics as environmental justice in Peru, the contested meaning of originalism in U.S. Constitutional law, and routes of literary translation between Latin America and South Asia, to name just a few. In addition to pursing individual research, Humanities Center fellows contribute to the Stanford community through their participation in workshops, lectures, and courses.

Eight of the new fellows are Stanford faculty: Keith Baker (professor of history), Denise Gill (assistant professor of music), Usha Iyer (assistant professor of film and media studies), Marci Kwon (assistant professor of art history), Bernadette Meyler (professor of law), James Reichert (associate professor of East Asian languages and cultures), Kathryn Starkey (professor of German studies), and Alice Staveley (senior lecturer in English).

Joining them will be eight external faculty fellows, seven Stanford PhD students awarded Stanford Humanities Center Dissertation Prize Fellowships, and ten postdoctoral Mellon Scholars in the Humanities. The Mellon fellowship is a three-year program for recent PhDs to pursue research, while teaching two courses per year in a Stanford humanities department.

The announcement, made by Humanities Center Director ROLAND GREENE, comes as the Center is in the midst of its 40th-anniversary year, but also at a time of uncertainty.

“For four decades, the Stanford Humanities Center has created a unique intellectual community for scholars at all stages of their academic careers to join in a mutual exchange of ideas,” said Greene. “We are delighted by the range and ambition of the projects coming to us next year.”

Speaking to the current health crisis, Greene also acknowledged the Center is examining various scenarios while moving ahead with plans to launch a physically distanced fellowship year in September.

In accordance with university and county guidelines, the Center is anticipating a phased reopening, with priority given to the research fellows with private offices. Lectures, workshops, and other events will begin in a virtual format.

“Like everyone, we are in constant conversation with our colleagues across the university to stay abreast of the ever-changing situation,” Greene added. “Over the past several months, we have learned a great deal about how to sustain and maintain our community online. We very much look forward to welcoming our fellows in person, though, as soon as is feasible, and will support their research and writing, wherever it may be happening.”

In addition, the Humanities Center will add to its roster eight to ten undergraduate Hume Humanities Honors Fellows, writing their senior theses on humanities topics, who will be nominated by faculty in the upcoming academic year.


 

Ana Mariella Bacigalupo, Marta Sutton Weeks Fellow
Department of Anthropology, SUNY-Buffalo
The Subversive Politics of Sentient Places: Climate Change, Collective Ethics, and Environmental Justice in Peru

Keith Baker, Violet Andrews Whittier Fellow
Department of History, Stanford University
Jean-Paul Marat: Prophet of Terror

Rhae Lynn Barnes, Digital Humanities Fellow
Department of History, Princeton University
Darkology: When the American Dream Wore Blackface

Munia Bhaumik, External Faculty Fellow
Department of Comparative Literature, Emory University
Tales of Translation: Lyric Routes Between South Asian and Latin American Avant-Gardes

Frederic Clark, External Faculty Fellow
Department of Classics, University of Southern California
Dividing Time: Ancients, Moderns, and the Invention of Historical Periods in Early Modern Europe

Ksenia Ershova, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of Linguistics, Stanford University
Syntactic Ergativity in West Circassian

Denise Gill, Internal Faculty Fellow
Department of Music, Stanford University
Aurality and the Craft of Deathwork

Usha Iyer, Internal Faculty Fellow
Department of Art & Art History (Film & Media Studies), Stanford University
Indian Cinema and the Caribbean: Rhythmic Flows and Cultural Migrations Between South Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean

Elizabeth Jacob, SHC Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of History, Stanford University
Gender, Family, and the Politics of Public Motherhood in Côte d’Ivoire

Seungyeon Gabrielle Jung, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University
Toward a Utopia Without Revolution: Developmentalism, Globalization, and Design

Marci Kwon, Internal Faculty Fellow
Department of Art & Art History, Stanford University
American Art and Anthropology

Sangyop Lee, SHC Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University
The Soteriology of the Soul: Shen bumie Discourse and the Emergence of Indigenous Buddhism in Early Medieval China

Daisy Leigh, SHC Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of Linguistics, Stanford University
Style in Time: The Online Perception of Sociolinguistic Style

Xochitl Marsilli-Vargas, External Faculty Fellow
Department of Anthropology, Emory University
Silencing as Care: Narratives in Minors' Asylum Petition Cases
 

Laura Martin, Distinguished Junior External Fellow
Department of Environmental Studies, Williams College
Saving Species: The History and Politics of Ecological Restoration

Nick Mayhew, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University
Queer Traditions in Early Modern Russia

Bernadette Meyler, Ellen Andrews Wright Fellow
Law School, Stanford University
Common Law Originalism: The Constitution's Contested Meanings

Carlos Nugent, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of English, Stanford University
Imagined Environments: Mediating Race and Nature in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

Michelle Oing, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of Art & Art History, Stanford University
Puppet Potential: Visual and Kinetic Mimesis in Late Medieval Sculpture, 1300-1525

Shailaja Paik, External Faculty Fellow
Department of History, University of Cincinnati
Becoming ‘Vulgar’: Caste Domination and Normative Sexuality in Modern India

Rhodes Pinto, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of Philosophy, Stanford University
Presocratic Treatments of Motion

Jim Reichert, Internal Faculty Fellow
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University
Wages of History: Media, Ideology, and Popular Historical Fiction in Japan, 1913–1940

Amanda Reid, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of Theater & Performance Studies, Stanford University
Staging the Jump-up: Dance and Decolonization in the West Indies

Veronica Shi, SHC Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of Classics, Stanford University
Writing and the Origins of Greek Intellectual Influence

Juliana Spahr, Marta Sutton Weeks Fellow
Department of English, Mills College
Literature’s Troubled Democratization

Kathryn Starkey, Donald Andrews Whittier Fellow
Department of German Studies, Stanford University
The Stuff of Epic Poetry: Textiles and Poetics in Medieval German Literature

Alice Staveley, Internal Faculty Fellow
Department of English, Stanford University
Virginia Woolf: Making Books, Building Networks

John Tennant, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of Classics, Stanford University
Proverbial Plato: Proverbs, Gnomai, and the Reformation of Discourse in Plato's Republic

Kerem Ussakli, SHC Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of Anthropology, Stanford University
Trust, Sovereignty and Social Lives of Displacement in Iraq

Leonardo Velloso-Lyons, SHC Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of Comparative Literature, Stanford University
Inventing the Hinterlands: Africa in the Sixteenth-Century Iberian Imaginary

J’Nese Williams, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of History, Stanford University
The Texture of Empire: British Colonial Botanic Gardens, Science, and Colonial Administration in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries

Matthew Wormer, SHC Dissertation Prize Fellow
Department of the History, Stanford University
A Most Bewitching Luxury: Opium, Economic Thought, and the Making of Britain's Free Trade Empire, 1773-1839

Adrien Zakar, Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities
Department of History, Stanford University
Framing Perception: Landscape Images and the Politics of Geographical Information in Syria and Lebanon 1900–1946


The Stanford Humanities Center’s fellowships are made possible by gifts and grants from the following individuals, foundations, and Stanford offices: The Esther Hayfer Bloom Estate, Theodore H. and Frances K. Geballe, Mimi and Peter Haas, Marta Sutton Weeks, the Mericos Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the offices of the Dean of Research and the Dean of Humanities and Sciences.